k-Plan Ultrasound Planning
What is k-Plan?
Designed for use with transcranial ultrasound stimulation (TUS) techniques, k-Plan is an advanced modelling tool for planning TUS procedures. k-Plan uses a streamlined and intuitive workflow that allows users to select an ultrasound device, position the device using a template or medical image, and specify the sonication parameters.
High-resolution calculations of the ultrasound field and temperature inside the skull and brain are then automatically calculated in the cloud with a single click. No knowledge of numerical modelling or high-performance computing is required.
User-Driven, Research Built
k-Plan is developed by researchers at University College London and the Brno University of Technology based on more than a decade of research into ultrasound modelling and planning for transcranial ultrasound procedures. More than just a research tool, k-Plan features a refined UI/UX shaped by extensive formative user testing. Features like transducer click-to-place, configurable image overlays, and automated report generation reduce setup time and increase productivity when running simulations.
k-Plan integrates a complete study management system. Users can capture study information, subject details, and study IDs according to study requirements, and then later easily de-identify or anonymise planning simulations while retaining simulation results.
Expandable Transducer Library
k-Plan can model single element, annular array, and multi-element transducers. The transducer library is user-extendable to model transducers from a wide range of manufacturers or custom transducer designs.
Intelligent Compute Engine
k-Plan’s intelligent compute engine automates the process of running a planning simulation for transcranial ultrasound procedures. It automatically maps from CT skull images to material properties, generates an accurate model of the transducer based on geometric and calibration information, and then sets appropriate numerical and computational parameters. Simulation outputs are automatically processed to display the ultrasound field and temperature inside the brain, and to calculate exposure parameters.
State-of-the-Art Simulation Tool
Behind the scenes, k-Plan runs simulations using k-Wave, a state-of-the-art simulation tool that is widely used across academia and industry to study acoustic wave propagation. It uses an experimentally-validated full-wave acoustic model to calculate how ultrasound waves travel from a transducer through the skull and into the brain. This is coupled with a model of heat diffusion and perfusion to calculate temperature rise and thermal dose.
Cloud-based Planning Simulations
k-Plan allows access to high-performance computing resources in the cloud to run high-resolution planning simulations with a single click. The simple installation procedure and intuitive workflow mean users can be running simulations within minutes, with no additional resources or accounts required. k-Plan’s automated dispatch server optimises the computing resources needed for every simulation, minimising the time between planning and results. The status of running simulations is automatically refreshed and displayed in the plan browser.
The alignment of the ultrasound beam with the brain target can be investigated by changing the transducer position and sonication parameters and comparing the calculated exposure and dose parameters. For multi-element phased-array transducers, automated correction for skull aberrations can also be performed to target the desired brain area.
k-Plan integrates into standard neurostimulation workflows, including importing and exporting transducer positions for use with neuronavigation systems and exporting plan reports.
Secure by Design
Subject data is stored in a password-protected AES-256 encrypted database stored locally with each installation. Only pseudonymised data is transferred to the cloud using industry-standard encrypted communication protocols along with advanced data security and integrity measures.
Advanced Web Portal
k-Plan’s web portal provides a complete snapshot of your account, including current cloud computing allocations, and usage history. Self-service options allow administrative users to add or remove accounts associated with the same software license and modify user privileges.
Note, k-Plan is available for Research Use Only. It is intended solely for basic research use in non-clinical applications.
Cloud-Based Planning Stimulations
By making use of powerful cloud computing techniques, k-Plan is able to run high-resolution planning simulations with a single click.
Expandable Transducer Library
Model single element, annular array, and multi-element phase-array transducers with k-Plan
Safe & Secure Data
k-Plan's data is stored locally in a password-protected, encrypted database. k-Plan will only ever transfer anonymised data for cloud computing purposes.
k-Plan has been developed by expert researchers at University College London and the Brno University of Technology: leading institutes in transcranial focused ultrasound stimulation research.
Advanced Planning Made Accessible
k-Plan's advanced modelling tools are calculated with a single click, and no knowledge of numerical modelling or high performance computing is required.
k-Plan requires a reliable internet connection
2GB graphics memory or more (recommended)
1280 x 1024 (minimum), 1920 x 1200 (recommended)
2GB free space (minimum), 20GB free space (recommended, for storage of plans)
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